A jersey from Johnny Manziel’s Heisman Trophy-winning 2012 season at Texas A&M is expected to net at winning bid of approximately $100,000 when it is auctioned online next month.
ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell reported Monday that California-based SCP Auctions has obtained the Aggies jersey that Manziel wore in all six home games during his record-setting redshirt freshman season, during which he became the first freshman to win college football’s highest award, the Heisman Trophy.
“This is his only game-used jersey from his college career that has come to market,” said Dan Imler, a vice president at SCP Auctions.
Imler withheld the identity of the consignee, but said SCP Auctions has vetted the piece and stands by the authenticity of the jersey and the consignee’s ownership claim.
The jersey was autographed by Manziel and also has his stats from the season written on the back, as shown in this tweet from Rovell:
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) July 28, 2014
The jersey will be auctioned Aug. 6-23 online, but is on display at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland this week.
According to the report, the same jersey was posted on eBay earlier this year with the seller seeking $300,000.
Manziel, now a rookie with the Cleveland Browns, is the most polarizing personality making the transition from college to pro ball since fellow Southeastern Conference product Tim Tebow.
NFL Network is providing almost non-stop coverage of Browns’ practices from training camp in Berea, Ohio, and its analysts are dissecting just about every move Johnny Football makes.
The last time a player in training camp received this kind of attention was in 2012, when Tebow played his lone season with the New York Jets.
If the jersey fetches close to the projected $100,000, it would obliterate the record for the highest price ever paid for a game-worn college football jersey.
A jersey worn by one-time Heisman winner Paul Hornung of Notre Dame sold for approximately $27,000, according to Imler.